A disgruntled customer who reportedly harassed staff at a Chinese restaurant in Queens over a dispute over duck sauce has been charged with the murder of the eatery’s longtime delivery man.
Glenn Hirsch, 51, was arrested Wednesday night at his home near Briarwood. He was also charged with criminal possession of a firearm for the fatal shooting of Zhiwen Yan, 45, on April 30, according to a statement from the NYPD.
Yan, a father of three who moved to New York more than 20 years ago, was doing delivery rounds on his scooter in Forest Hills, Queens, police say, when he was shot in the chest.
In the shooting, Yan and Hirsch, who at the time were believed to be driving an older Lexus RX3 SV model, briefly exchanged words at a stoplight before Yan was hit near 108th Street and 67th Drive, in what is usually a quiet street. and tight area. A witness nearby later told police that the suspect had run away.
Yan, who worked seven days a week and held three jobs to support his family, had worked at the Great Wall restaurant for more than a decade before his death, 53-year-old employee Kai Yang told the New York Daily News†
Zhiwen Yan, 45, (right) in this undated image on the day of his wedding, was making a delivery on his scooter in the Forest Hills neighborhood of Queens around 9:30 p.m. April 30, police say, when he was fatally shot in the chest
The altercation, police say, saw Yan and the suspect briefly exchange words before being shot in the chest near 108th Street and 67th Drive, in what is usually a quiet, close-knit community. Police officers are pictured at the crime scene looking over Yan’s scooter
Another restaurant worker, Soi Chung, 70, told DailyMail.com that Hirsch had “several” disputes with staff at the eatery and even pointed a gun at staffers during an incident in January.
Another incident last year left the angry customer annoyed at the amount of duck sauce given to him in one of his orders, Chung said. The New York Postinciting a campaign of harassment, vandalism and threats to the customer.
The meat with the noisy regular, Chung said, started spontaneously at night.
“The customer came in and ordered some food,” Chung, who has worked at the Queens establishment for 20 years, reminded the Post.
The meeting was friendly at first, Chung said, but things quickly turned when the customer found the amount of duck sauce he received with his order unsatisfactory.
“He left with the food, but then came back and said, ‘It’s not enough,'” Chung said. “He came to the counter and wanted more food, more duck sauce.”
An argument ensued, Chung told the outlet, prompting Yan and Chung’s employer to join in.
“They had a fight,” Chung told the Post, “and the boss said, “Enough.”
The experienced restaurant worker said the injured customer then walked out of the restaurant in frustration, before returning to vandalize the establishment with the duck sauce.
“The guy left the restaurant and came back later and mixed up the duck sauce, everything,” Chung recalled.
“The police came and made a report, but the man was gone.”
According to Yan’s colleague at Great Wall restaurant (pictured), one Hirsch had “multiple” disputes with the Forest Hills eatery and pointed a gun at staffers during an incident last January.
According to Chung, however, the strange saga was far from over—with Hirsch’s campaign of intimidation only getting bolder and more menacing.
“After that, he would sometimes wait outside,” Chung told the Post in April, as police continued to comb the city, hoping to track down Yan’s killer.
He said to the boss and to the delivery man and to one of the chefs, ‘I remember you. I remember you,” the restaurant worker said, adding that the customer twice destroyed the Great Wall employees’ cars and once cut the tires of the facility manager’s vehicle.
The most brutal customer threat, Chung said, came earlier this year when Hirsch brandished a gun at the restaurant workers, urging them to call 911.
Restaurant owner Kai Yang told the Post that the angry customer was knocked to the ground by employees, including Yan, shortly after he came in with the firearm.
Police say the incident happened immediately after Yan – a father of three and a Forest Hills resident who moved to New York from China more than 20 years ago – delivered a delivery to a nearby address in the usually quiet residential area.
Meanwhile, Yan leaves behind a wife and three children aged two, 12 and 14 years old.
“This was a father of three who had three jobs – all delivering food,” Yan’s cousin, who identified himself as Michael, said at an April press conference outside the family’s home in neighboring Middle Village.
“He came here in 2001,” the family member continued. “He’s been in this country for over twenty years.”
He added: “It is unacceptable that this has happened. This is a very peaceful community. This never happened, this kind of problem.’
Despite the claims made by Yan’s colleagues about Hirsch’s threatening behavior, it is currently unclear whether the delivery person was a specific target.
A GoFundMe Pagecreated by Kunying Zhao – Yan’s wife – shared for the benefit of her three children.
“I’m starting a fundraiser for my husband because he passed away last night,” Zhao wrote on May 1. “He was a hard-working delivery man and always took care of his family.
The page surpassed its original target of $100,000, bringing in $198,684 Thursday morning.